Yahsat and Thuraya co-host annual Satellite Industry reception in Washington DC

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 26th, 2014: Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator co-hosted an event last week with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington D.C., which was attended by His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, as well as more than three hundred of the Space industry’s top executives.

The annual reception is a celebration of the UAE’s burgeoning satellite and space industry and brought together key industry decision makers for an evening of networking, conversation, and learning on the outskirts of the annual Satellite 2014 Conference, which took place from March 10th-13th.

Senior United States government and military officials, representatives from other nations, and senior executives from the satellite and aerospace industries including Airbus, Astrium Satellite, Boeing, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Science, Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and more also attended the gala, including world-famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

“In a very short period of time, Yahsat was able to cement its position as one of the leading satellite operators in the world in addition to being the number one satellite broadband operator in Africa, all thanks to a strong network of partners, suppliers and customers,” said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer for Yahsat.

“Our satellites, Y1A and Y1B, are on the cutting edge of technology. Yahsat is often considered to be the reference in the Middle East region when it comes to servicing government satellite communications. Similarly, we are able to service enterprise and end-users through our satellites. It is this type of commitment to the global community, be it in the Middle East region or the United States, which drives Yahsat to lead in the future generations of satellite technology.”

Commenting on the annual reception, Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya, said: “The UAE has quietly developed itself as a centre for space and satellite excellence with three homegrown satellite operators, Dubai-sat, YahSat and Thuraya. We are grateful for the support and commitment of the UAE government to the UAE satellite industry. Thuraya has been driving innovation in the satellite world since our debut. Last year we launched the Thuraya SatSleeve, the first and only satellite adapter for smartphones. The device has won innovation awards for being a game-changer.”

Thuraya is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities.
Yahsat’s government operations arm, YahService, enjoyed a tremendous year by fulfilling the operational requirements of several high-level agreements in the United Arab Emirates, and successfully extending the service’s reach regionally and internationally, most notably through capacity agreements via YahService.

In September 2012, Yahsat launched YahClick, offering broadband coverage over 28 countries with a total combined population of more than 1 billion people. YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband Internet to a wide range of industries, including NGOs, government, educational organisations, media and broadcast, as well as home users.

In 2013, Yahsat won the coveted SatCom Africa award for “Most Innovative Product and Service for Africa” for the second consecutive year for YahClick, as well as SAMENA’s “Best Satellite Services” award for YahClick.

Yahsat Announces Commercial Achievement Figures for 2013

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 11th, 2014: Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, today announced the company’s commercial milestones and associated average revenue per user (ARPU) figures for the fiscal year ending December 2013. The first year of operation results have positioned last year’s successful roll-out of YahClick, the company’s flagship high-speed satellite broadband internet service, as the leading satellite broadband Ka-band service across Africa.

The company made the announcement on the first day of CABSAT, the Middle East and Africa’s number one satellite telecommunications, broadcasting and professional content management event, taking place from March 11-13 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

During YahClick’s first year of operation in 2013, the blended average monthly revenue per user (ARPU) ranged between $100-$125. In addition, the company’s in-country Service Partners across the 12 markets launched to date have acquired more than 20,000 subscribers in 2013. YahClick is currently available in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, UAE, Turkey, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“Part of our mandate as a company is to be the global partner of choice for reliable, innovative and affordable satellite solutions, and a company that is able to drive social and economic growth across continents for both home and business users,” said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer for Yahsat. “With this approach in mind, we were able to become the number one Ka-band broadband satellite provider in Africa within a year of launching the YahClick service. This is testament to the quality of service and the benefits that YahClick brings to delivering much needed connectivity to fast developing regions throughout Africa, the Middle East and Central and South West Asia.”

“Broadband internet is a highly competitive market industry, across the countries where YahClick is operational, there is a distinct lack of reliable high-speed internet infrastructure, particularly in rural or remote areas,” explained Mahmood. “In South Africa for example, YahClick is used by the Police Force to monitor remote stations and deploy traffic management services and applications across the country. YahClick connections are more reliable and much faster than dated mobile internet technologies, and they bypass the infrastructure requirement for fixed line technologies for easier deployment. Above all, YahClick provides coverage over vast geographic regions, irrespective of population density in these locations. It’s largely due to these factors that YahClick has been so positively welcomed across our service areas,” added Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer for Yahsat.

“At the household level, the internet plays a very important role in improving educational standards for children and young adults so they can compete in today’s world,” Shawkat continued. “YahClick is all about providing an affordable means for residents of small towns and rural areas to engage in the educational and economic opportunities made available to those living in large urban areas where communications networks are more developed.”

In September 2012, Yahsat launched YahClick, offering broadband coverage over 28 countries with a total combined population of more than 1 billion people. YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband Internet to a wide range of industries, including NGOs, government, educational organisations, media and broadcast, as well as home users.

In 2013, Yahsat won the coveted SatCom Africa award for “Most Innovative Product and Service for Africa” for the second consecutive year for YahClick, as well as SAMENA’s “Best Satellite Services” award for YahClick. Much of this success goes back to Yahsat’s promise of connecting the unconnected, where the company’s YahClick service has been deployed to provide much-needed connectivity for the Ministry of Interior in Afghanistan, where YahClick was used for National ID registration. Similarly, YahClick was used for the NGA project in Pakistan to offer education through vans fitted with YahClick, allowing for a mobile education initiative roll-out across the country. In Kenya, YahClick was used to connect rural health clinics in a country-wide eHealth project, while schools in Nigeria were connected as part of the universal broadband program being deployed across the country.

YahClick also offers YahClick Insure, which is designed to maintain connectivity for business and enterprise users as an instant backup solution, should the user’s primary terrestrial internet link be disrupted. By paying only when they actually use the YahClick service, this allows businesses to minimise potential loss of revenue or productivity risks caused by terrestrial internet outages.

YahClick is beamed through Yahsat’s second satellite Y1B satellite, the first satellite in the region to offer internet connectivity through Ka-band multi-spot beams, providing a greater level of overall efficiency and cost-effective broadband solutions.